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Visual Media and Information Literacy

Media and information literacy (MIL) is central in the new strategic plan of the University of Gothenburg. As part of UGOT’s expanded MIL-initiatives, GPS400 is launching the VIMIK-group – an interdisciplinary expert resource for audiovisual research and pedagogy. The group aims to enhance the regional competence and to function as an accessible arena in the local environment. The VIMIK-group will collaborate on visual MIL-issues with, among others, Region Västra Götaland, The Gothenburg Region, Visual Arena as well as with local schools, institutions, organizations, companies, and individuals.

UNESCO and the EU have established that MIL is one of the key democratic resources that enables us to be better equipped to critically approach media's ever-increasing flow of information. The MIL-issues of today concern, among other things, sense making, effects, and consequences of AI and other digital tools as well as how we, with the help of new technology, can reduce differences in MIL between nations, institutions, groups and individuals.

Knowledge overviews and research reports presented by UGOT during the past decade have helped to introduce MIL to a Swedish context and have also contributed to several politically important decisions at both national and global level. The UNESCO professorship in freedom of speech at UGOT has been of great importance for this development and with the establishment of the VIMIK-group within GPS400 a new phase of UGOT’s MIL-activities is launched.

Since GPS400 has the local perspective as its basic approach and research focus, the new VIMIK-group will offer solutions to MIL-issues through collaborative and digital initiatives in the local environment. The main goal is to increase people's skills to read, interpret, understand, and work with images and image media both practically and theoretically as well as historically and prognostically.

Together with other UGOT initiatives in the MIL area, the VIMIK-group will also ensure that collaborative knowledge development and democratic knowledge exchanges are regularly carried out and made available via digital technology and in the public space. The group's educational and research activities will take place via targeted initiatives, workshops, and webinars within the school system and teacher training initiatives, as well as through competence development courses and commissioned training for staff at schools, archives, libraries, museums, companies and authorities.

The competences offered by the VIMIK-group can also be applied within higher education in, for example, journalism, communication, film, photography, art, design, culture, IT and technology. Together with representatives from civil society, the group will also test and develop routines for MIL-related digital citizen science research in close dialogue with the local community.

Maarit Jaakkola

Doctor of Social Sciences (journalism), works as the co-director of Nordicom (http://nordicom.gu.se) at GU. Jaakkola is also an Associate Professor at the Department of Journalism, Media and Communication (JMG) at GU. Her research related to MIL focuses on children and young people's digital competencies and user-generated content, platformized cultural production, professional communication and MIL as a public pedagogy. She is also the founder and coordinator of the Academic Forum for MIL Research (https://nordmedianetwork.org/akademiskt-forum-for-mik-forskning/) at the Swedish Media Council and the editor-in-chief and responsible publisher of NordMedia Network (https://nordmedianetwork.org), a digital platform for Nordic media researchers, including researchers with an interest in MIL. She has previously worked as a lecturer in journalism in Finland and has a teacher education with specialisation in MIL. In addition, she has been an active teachers' educator in the uses of digital tools and worked as a high school teacher in media subjects.

Website: https://www.gu.se/om-universitetet/hitta-person/maaritjaakkola

Henrik Krantz

Works as a project manager at the Gothenburg Region (GR) in the Department of Education with a focus on issues around school digitisation, games and learning as well as MIL. He is an art and media teacher with a predisposition for games, game-based learning and gamification. Krantz works with issues concerning media in the schools and develops resources, method materials and tutorials. A couple of examples of this is the digital tool Textäventyr where students can create interactive texts and the "MIK-Templet" developed for preschool staff.

Linda Sternö

Senior lecturer in film at HDK-Valand and program manager for the MFA program in film. Linda has together with Martin Sjögren has been running the project Barnfilmskolan since 2011. the project was started with the help of Pedagogical development funds from the Faculty of Fine, Applied and Performing Arts. Barnfilmskolan was awarded Gullspiran at Guldbaggegalan. In the project Linda investigates the conditions for a relevant film pedagogy in a digital context from a practical artistic perspective.

 

Website: https://www.gu.se/om-universitetet/hitta-person/lindasterno

Åsa Andblad

Since 2013 Åsa has been working at Lindholmen Science Park, strengthening the innovation climate in Sweden, and currently she works as the program manager for Visual Arena. At Visual Arena her aim is to make visualisation a tool that everyone can use and through visualisation strengthen democracy. She sees visualisation as a way of communicating and as a tool for broadening our ability to describe, understand and experience. Åsa has a master's degree in industrial design and has worked as a designer in the consulting industry for more than 10 years. Her work has covered several areas such as product, service and graphic design, design strategy, project management, and business development.

Jens Lejhall

Region Västra Götaland
Cultural Affairs Commitee

Stefan Jensen

Jensen is a lecturer in photography at HDK-Valand, coordinator for GPS400 and for the bachelor's program in Media, Aesthetics and Cultural Entrepreneurship. Jensen is active as an artist and photographer and his work touches on how photography can act both as a tool and a goal in an exploratory practice. He also has expertise in project management and in interpersonal learning in cultural organizations as well as higher education with a focus on Critical Pedagogy. He has also worked with a number of different non-profit organizations such as the Photobook Festival.

Website: https://www.gu.se/om-universitetet/hitta-person/stefanjensen

Karolina Westling

Karolina Westling works as a lecturer at the Department of Cultural Science and has a PhD in film studies. She defended the dissertation Challenging the Generational Contract. An Analysis of the Enfants Terriblest in Post-War French Cinema at King's College, London, UK. She is interested in how film can be used as a source of knowledge and as a tool for communication. She has taught film pedagogy in several different courses at the teacher education at Gothenburg University. Westling has, among other things, studied children engaged in the act of filming and children as TV viewers.

 

Website: https://www.gu.se/om-universitetet/hitta-person/karolinawestling

Mats Jönsson

Professor of film studies and head of GPS400. He has with several years of historical and locally based research on image mediation from a pedagogical, rhetorical, propagandistic, and historiographical perspective. He currently leads several visually oriented and digitally implemented MIL projects, in connection and collaboration with the city and region, within the framework of GPS400.

Website: https://www.gu.se/om-universitetet/hitta-person/matsjonsson